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Michael Mason, PhD

Michael Mason, PhD

Betsey R. Bush Endowed Professor in Children & Families at Risk, College of Social Work


Michael Mason, PhD is the Betsey R. Bush Endowed Professor in Children and Families at Risk at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Prior to coming to the University of Tennessee, Dr. Mason was an associate professor of Psychiatry, and director of the Commonwealth Institute on Child and Family Studies, in the School of Medicine, at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Mason completed his undergraduate degree at Pepperdine University, and his masters San Diego State University, and his doctorate from Oregon State University. He completed a National Institute on Mental Health postdoctoral research fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, school of Public Health, department of Mental Hygiene. Dr. Mason’s work seeks to understand and test the idea that substance use is a developmentally contingent social practice that is constituted within the routine social-environment of individuals’ lives. His work is funded by the National Institutes on Drug Abuse (NIDA), SAMHSA, and state foundations. Currently he is the PI on a NIDA study in which smart phones are used to collect real-time substance use, mental health, and behavioral data through Ecological Momentary Assessment procedures, limiting recall bias, and providing accurate, rich data for statistical modeling. Dr. Mason has developed of a brief substance use intervention entitled, Peer Network Counseling, that has been tested with five clinical trials with over 400 adolescents and young adults. He has published multiple studies that utilize automated text-delivered interventions as well as in-person brief interventions, testing the efficacy to address young adult and adolescent alcohol, cannabis and tobacco use.

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Michael Mason, PhD

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  • 213 Henson Hall, Knoxville, TN 37996
  • Phone: (865) 974-9148
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